The hits just keep on a comin' for Tyson Fury.
Not hits suffered in an actual boxing ring, mind you, because it's been nearly six months since the outspoken English boxer first agreed to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their November 2015 title fight, which saw Fury emerge victorious via unanimous decision.
The moment was short-lived, however, as Fury was stripped of the IBF title just 10 days later, when it was revealed that he had signed a rematch contract with Klitschko which directly violated the IBF's contract that required him to face Vyacheslav Glazkov as a mandatory challenger. In the time since, Fury's fall from grace has been nothing short of ... what's the opposite of meteoric? Crater-esque?
In June, Fury's rematch with Klitschko was postponed after the Briton suffered an ankle injury in training (while simultaneously admitting that he was five stone overweight at the time due to excessive drinking and eating). Shortly thereafter, it was leaked that Fury was also under investigation by VADA after trace amounts of Nandrolone were found in a sample taken prior to the Klitschko fight.
Regardless, the fight was then rescheduled for October 29th, only to be immediately delayed when Fury pulled out of the fight after being declared medically unfit to compete due to mental problems. And now, Fury has suffered the biggest hit of them all, after testing positive for cocaine last week.
ESPN managed to get ahold of a letter sent from VADA President Dr. Margaret Goodman to representatives of the Fury and Klitschko camps, as well as both the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC), and the United States Association of Boxing Commissions on Thursday night.
"This letter is to advise you that the 'A' sample urine specimen number 4006253 collected from Tyson Fury on September 22, 2016 in Lancaster, England through his participation in the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) program has been analyzed for anabolic agents, diuretics, beta-2 agonists, stimulants and drugs of abuse. The results of the analysis are as follows: Adverse. Urine specimen contains benzoylecgonine."
Benzoylecgonine is the central compound found in cocaine.
The letter also noted that Fury would have the right to request an analysis of his 'B' sample whenever he so desires.
Fury, who was stripped of his WBA Super and WBO crowns, is currently due to to appear before UK Anti-Doping on November 4. If convicted, he could face a lifetime ban by VADA.